My name is Garrett Jackson. I practice and teach classic shamanism to help bring guidance, healing, comfort, and inspiration from Spirit.
My journey began in 2014, when I was 17 years old. In the midst of deep suffering that was accompanying what I now know to be an initiation, I asked the Universe for help in healing my suffering. One of the answers to my prayer was being introduced to working with the helping spirits for healing by my mother, who was taking psychic development classes at the time.
I loved connecting with them, and began studying with teachers such as Radleigh Valentine and Charles Virtue, further learning how to work with the helping spirits in order to bring their loving messages and healing help to others. I began giving readings to people across the globe, and in 2016, I started teaching spiritual classes. In that same year, I also began my formal study of classic shamanism and shamanic healing.
In 2020, I graduated from Sandra Ingerman's Two-Year Teacher Training in Shamanic Journeying, Healing, and Medicine for the Earth. I now teach in-person and online classes on shamanism, and conduct online message and healing circles, remote readings, and remote shamanic healing work. Instead of appropriating the shamanic tradition of a culture that is not my own or using vision plants, my shamanic work utilizes sound to access the Spirit World and is informed by fundamental and cross-cultural principles and practices that anyone of any ethnic background can utilize.
I have extensive experience working with clients and students, which includes teaching for the Free Thinker Institute, Institute for Spiritual Development D.C., and in multiple other centers and spaces. I have also presented on television, radio, and webinar series. In my work, I provide a safe and welcoming space for everyone, including fellow LGBTQIA+ people, and those from racial and ethnic minority groups.
I have been fortunate to also serve other spiritual teachers in their classes. I was an assistant to Sandra Ingerman in the Facebook group for her nine-week online course, The Dark Night of the Soul as a Portal to the Shaman's Light. She and I recorded a video dialogue entitled "Shamanism and the Younger Generations" as a course bonus session. I provided Facebook group support again for Sandra's summer 2023 course, Taking Medicine for the Earth Work to Higher Frequencies for the Benefit of our Health and the Planet. Additionally, I served as faculty assistant to Radleigh Valentine during his Creating a Magical Life with the Angels workshop at Kripalu in 2019.
Personally and professionally, I emphasize the importance of science and integrative healthcare. I have maintained certification in Adult Mental Health First Aid with Mental Health First Aid USA since 2018, and graduated cum laude with a BA in psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, where I also served as a research assistant and a teacher's assistant in two psychology lab courses.
I am member of shamanicteachers.com, an alliance of heart-centered shamanic and Medicine for the Earth practitioners and teachers who are dedicated to bringing shamanism to the global community effectively and ethically.
I recently relocated to Bloomington, Indiana with my partner Alexi. In my spare time, I enjoy reading about current affairs, diving deeper into my shamanic studies, watching food and thriller shows, and trying to appear as if I can cook.